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Roman Abramovich Thread

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11 minutes ago, Jason said:



That is Sancho right there (reaction just like on painting).

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How Roman Abramovich fell back in love with Chelsea and was persuaded to go big again in the transfer market


Roman Abramovich is making good on a promise he made to Frank Lampard at what might have otherwise been the bleakest of times at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea were midway through their Fifa transfer embargo last autumn and denying claims the club was for sale when Abramovich apparently picked up the phone to Lampard and director Marina Granovskaia. Rather than marching away, their emperor was instead pledging to open up the war chest for another onslaught. 

The exiled billionaire, who had then not set foot in the UK for 18 months amid lingering Anglo-Russian tensions, had seen enough under his young manager's revolution to persuade him that he was ready to go big again.

Abramovich famously fell in love with football, and eventually Chelsea, watching a European tie between Manchester United and Real Madrid in 2003. Seeing Lampard's young side thrive without a penny to spend had seemingly revived the romance. Figures in world football who wanted rid of him - and the British Government for that matter - would only add to the allure of rebuilding the empire. 

During his ongoing absence from the UK, associates say Abramovich is personally as happy as they have known him during his time in football ownership. Since divorcing wife Dasha Zhukova, the 53-year-old, who took Israeli citizenship in 2017, is spending the majority of his time - both work and play - in Russia again. Business, in turn, is booming.

He has recruited several figures at Chelsea to help direct more of his spare cash towards charitable projects, having transferred many of his investments into haulage after a number of sell-offs, including stocks totalling £300 million at London-based steel giant Evraz.

An increasing commitment to fighting anti-Semitism has endured even through the Covid pandemic. Last week Chelsea reaffirmed support for the RAF Museum in London and his latest philanthropic project is to fund a forest that is being dedicated to Lithuanian jews who fell victim to the Holocaust.

For those closest to the usually enigmatic Russian, the latest of his £500m charitable ventures is his most personal public gesture to date. The project is rooted in personal family tragedy as is believed to have descended from victims of a bloody Second World War massacre that has been all-but-forgotten by the history books.

Reports in Lithuania are patchy. Abramovich's parents and relatives are known to have hailed from the country but were exiled to Siberia during the Soviet occupation in 1941. Keren Kayemeth, of the LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund, confirmed the new forest being funded by Abramovich in Southern Israel is dedicated to the memory of "Lithuanian Jewry who perished in the Holocaust". "The new forest forms a part of a series of new ecological projects and forest rehabilitation," a release said. "The project is made possible thanks to a significant donation from businessman and philanthropist Mr Roman Abramovich."

Legacy is an increasingly big deal for the Russian, who could travel to the UK on his Israeli passport but feels he has become collateral damage in a feud between the Foreign Office and Russia, which erupted after the Salisbury poisonings. Sources close to the Russian say he has not had a single conversation with the British Government in more than two years.

However, there has never been a sense of abandonment at Chelsea, who have repeatedly said he has never listened to any of the offers which have been tabled in the two years since his visa row erupted in early 2018.

The unanswered question remains whether he will return to the £1 billion redevelopment of Stamford Bridge, which was put on ice in apparent frustration at UK authorities.

Chelsea supporters will hope the recent transfer activity - generating millions in taxes for the Treasury - is a signal that the answer is yes, although the economic reasons that Abramovich cited for postponing redevelopment have not changed, with London's property market stagnating in the two years since.

Despite now being among four formerly British-based Russian oligarchs forced into exile, Abramovich, as evidenced by Lampard's signings, is not one to give up on plans at Chelsea. Never has a summer splurge been so long in the making for an elite club, which is perhaps why Chelsea have enjoyed such success in landing the likes of Kai Havertz when others are treading cautiously post Covid.

Granwovskaia and Lampard met in the second week of December to identify their list of key targets as soon as the Fifa embargo was overturned. Ben Chilwell had been a key target for some time before, while Lampard's admiration for Havertz appears to have grown as the season has worn on.

In delivering on his year-old promise to splash the cash, the enigmatic figure of few words has shown he is at least a man of his word.

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Bram is indeed one of us, I can only laugh when rival fans keep on yapping " Roman will get tired of chelsea and what a sight to behold "........keep dreaming you jealous bums.

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3 minutes ago, Fulham Broadway said:

Abramovichs 3rd party ownership of players in other clubs   -oh dear, shit about to collide with the fan apparently....

FinCEN Files: Roman Abramovich had secret stakes in rival players


Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich held secret investments in footballers not owned by his club, an investigation has discovered.

The players included the Peruvian winger Andre Carrillo, who turned out against Chelsea in Champions League matches in 2014.

He held rights in the players through a company based in the British Virgin Islands.

Mr Abramovich's spokeswoman stressed no rules or regulations were broken.

But former Football Association chairman Lord Triesman has questioned whether it was "proper" for the owner of a football club to have an interest in players in other teams.

Twelve players on the pitch

A leak of documents - banks' "suspicious activity reports" - that have been called the FinCEN Files and seen by BBC Panorama - has revealed that Mr Abramovich is behind an offshore company called Leiston Holdings.

Leiston was taking stakes in footballers overseas through third-party ownership (TPO).

This is where investors buy a share of a footballer's future transfer value from cash-strapped clubs.

The practice was banned in the English Premier League in 2008 but not internationally until 2015.

Chelsea faced Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League group stage in 2014.

And Carrillo lined up for Sporting in both matches.

So in Lisbon in September and Stamford Bridge in December, Mr Abramovich had an interest in 12 players on the pitch.

Lord Triesman told Panorama: "I don't think it can possibly be proper for the owner of a football club to own players in other football clubs. That is precisely why third-party ownership is banned."

"It casts suspicion and a shadow right across football. On the documents I've seen I would've um, wanted, as chairman of the FA, to investigate them."

It comes as Mr Abramovich appears to be making heavy investments in Chelsea again this year.

What links Roman Abramovich to the offshore company?

In December 2016, a suspicious activity report (SAR) was filed about Mr Abramovich.

It identified more than $1bn of "suspicious payments involving offshore shell companies" - firms functioning only to manage the money put in them.

The SAR said many of the shell companies were "owned by Roman Abramovich… one of Russia's most powerful oligarchs with close ties to Moscow & Vladimir Putin".


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8 minutes ago, killer1257 said:

So are we getting banned again?

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No. Did you read the article?

The only evidence they have were actions that happened before the rules were changed in 2015. 

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1 hour ago, ZaynChelsea said:

This is the bigger scandal:


If that‘s true, I want that radical POS nowhere near this club.


That will not go over well with our Arabic fans and all Muslim fans regardless of ethnicity.

I also expect anyone bringing it up to be summarily (and falsely of course) called a jew hater/Hitler fanboy/fangirl and the dodgy anti-Semitic cards to start flying around like a Vegas casino with an army of leaf blowers attacking the poker and blackjack tables. Look at what the cuntish Tories, the twattish Lib Dems, and the shit zionist boot-licking press did to Corbyn and other MP's who had the temerity to take a public stand against the attempted slow motion genocide of the Palestinians.

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